This stunning presentation design guide will help rouse your audience to the edge of their seats. Check out these 10 slide design tips and take your presentation from Blah to Bam! There’s music so turn it up!
#1 Simplicity is Key to Presentation Design
Weed out the unnecessary. Include only what’s critical. And say it with a clear purpose. Be sure to repeat this to yourself as you develop your presentation design. This applies to your visuals, the words you choose and the flow of your story.
#2 Don’t Fear the Storyboard
What at first may seem like adding extra work to designing your presentation will actually save you hours, dollars, and help you deliver a much more compelling story. Try a storyboard once and I bet you’ll be a convert.
#3 Lighten Your Slide Design Load
Free yourself of the urge to put all your information on each slide. Whittle, whittle, whittle your verbiage down as you review your presentation. It’s not just good for your slide design, but it’s good practice for you to distill your story down to the essentials.
#4 Fonts Are Fun
Your choice of font can help guide the mood of your presentation. This is a great place to get creative with fonts like Delicious, Lobster and Irish Growler (yes, those are actual font names). And it’s a subtle clue to your audience that you have something special for them.
#5 Color Makes the Mood
Color is a fundamental component of presentation design and probably the easiest thing to “borrow” from the designs of others. A fun approach is to select your stock photos and then use the “color picker” to match fonts and backgrounds to photos.
#6 Big, Bold Images
The days of clip art and bullets are over! Big, captivating images are the thing now. An interesting, relevant image and just a few words are the way to go for live presentations. Allow yourself more leeway if your presentation is viewed online in a “self-serve” manner.
#7 Transition Time Means You’re Almost Done!
Is there anything more fun then adding transitions to your presentation design? They’re not only flashy, but also indicate you’re almost done designing your presentation. The end is near! Restraint and consistency are the key here.
#8 Outside Resources For Killer Slide Designs
Before you get started designing your presentation it often helps to take a peek at how others are breaking fresh design ground. It doesn’t have to be presentations. Check out places like Tumblr, Pinterest and Flickr to find unique images and layouts.
#9 What Chu Got? The Power of Collaboration
Checking out the presentations designs on Note & Point or SlideShare can often be inspiring. But don’t forget about those around you who likely have troves of images and slides you can draw from. And have them review your presentation while you’re at it.
#10 Bundling and Layering in Presentation Design
Particularly for animations, bundling your design elements and text together into groups can be effective. And just like the peas and mashed potatoes on your plate…it’s ok if they touch or overlap. It’s not icky. Think in layers. It all gets mixed together in your stomach anyway.
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